Acoustic distribution of vowels in differently sized inventories - hot spots or adaptive dispersion?  

Peder Livijn

Master Thesis in Phonetics Spring 2000
Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University

Published in the Proceedings of the XIIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference (FONETIK 2000) Skövde, Sweden, May 24-26, 2000: 93-96.  

ABSTRACT

Twenty-eight differently sized vowel inventories were searched for evidence of acoustically favoured regions ('hot spots') or size-dependent adaptive dispersion patterns. The data did not provide evidence either for an effect of inventory size on the acoustic distance between point vowels or a clustering of vowels into hot spots. The implications of these data for modelling of vowel systems are discussed.

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